Grant Information

Safety Nets for Students and Families is offering two types of grants.

  1. Mini-grants of up to $5000 for schools/school districts to purchase and provide basic needs supplies to homeless students and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. (Examples include: clothing, food, hotel or transportation vouchers, supplies, etc.)

The process to apply is simple and fast: Put your request on school/district letterhead and explain what you will spend the funding on (1 page approximately). Email that to  We will review and award these on a rolling basis until we have given out all funds.

2. Capacity-building grants of up to $50,000 to support community-based organizations in meeting the needs of children, youth, and families who are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey and facing situations of homelessness.*

The information on the remainder of this page describes how to apply for these grants.

Support will be provided in all regions identified by the Rebuild Texas Fund as being impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with the exception of Harris County. We will prioritize applications where there is a collaboration with a local school/school district or McKinney-Vento homeless liaison.

Regions where grant support will be provided


Services that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Family counseling and crisis intervention services;
  • Emergency shelter and transitional housing services;
  • Rental assistance, and other services to stabilize unstable housing arrangements
  • Additional services/supports to prevent homelessness or support those experiencing homelessness among those displaced as a direct or indirect result of Hurricane Harvey.

Grants will support capacity building activities, including but not limited to:

  • Hiring or contracting with additional personnel;
  • Leasing additional space
  • Purchasing furniture or other supplies for shelter or housing, and
  • Securing training or technical assistance to grow program capacity to meet client needs.
Grant applications are open!  The final deadline to submit a preliminary application is April 1, 2019.

To apply, follow these instructions:

  1. Review the grant criteria listed above
  2. Take the eligibility quiz 
  3. Click here to submit an online grant application
  4. If you have questions about your proposal idea or training and support needs, please reference this FAQ document. If you still have questions, email us at and a member of our project team will be in touch.

We are in the process of reviewing the final round of applications — please submit a preliminary application by April 1, 2019 to be considered for funding.

Safety Nets for Students and Families is also offering training and technical assistance to any school or community organization serving eligible regions. Please request it here

*NOTE: We are defining homelessness using the following McKinney-Vento education definition to include: families or youth that are doubled up, couch surfing, living in motels/trailers/temporary housing, shelters, cars, camping grounds, on the street, or are otherwise displaced/have unstable or substandard housing.